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About Thrive Wellness
Thrive Wellness believes that creating healthy, balanced lifestyles is just as important as developing awareness and balance in our environment.  We show our commitment to this philosophy by donating 1% of our net profit to environmental organizations.  We feel taking responsibility for our bodies as well as our environment truly creates a balanced lifestyle.

Our Clinic
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Our Staff
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Adam Fuller L.Ac, CSCS | Caitlin Fuller MSTOM, HHP | Heidi Fearon L.Ac
Robin Sol, CPT | Tara Parsons, CMT | Dr. Dana Carson, Psy.D. Devon Vernetti, L.Ac, C.SMA
Kellen Pickard, L.Ac, Herbalist | Darryl Bates, MD | Patrick Mummy


Adam Fuller, L.Ac., CSCS, CKTP
Acupuncturist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner

Adam FullerOriginally from Orange County, CA, Adam moved to Santa Barbara, CA to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara where he graduated in 2000 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Health & Exercise Science and History. Adam has been a certified fitness trainer since 1999, and currently holds the distinguished CSCS certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Adam was the Personal Training Director for 6 years at Goleta Valley Athletic Club in Goleta, CA where he created several fitness training programs and group fitness classes. Adam has trained a variety of clients ranging from novice exercisers to post-rehabilitation patients and professional athletes. In 2006, Adam moved to San Diego, CA to continue personal training and attend graduate school for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he received his Masters of Science. Currently, Adam’s education, research, and treatment’s focus on acupuncture, herbs, nutraceudicals, postural alignment, kinesio taping, and nutrition as methods for pain management, athletic performance enhancement, weight loss, and general wellness. Adam is also the fitness coordinator at the Wittgrove Bariatric Center at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

In his own time, Adam competes in triathlons and marathons and spends time playing tennis and golf. He enjoys all kinds of music, reading, and engaging in numerous activities with his wife and son Weston. Adam’s interests, training, and research have significantly influenced his unique treatment and training style that relieves, challenges, educates, and inspires his patients’ lifestyles.

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Caitlin Fuller, MSTOM, HHP
Massage Therapist

Adam FullerCaitlin grew up at the beach in San Diego, CA. She graduated in 1995 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Biology from The Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington. Caitlin has been a massage therapist since 2000 and currently has a Holistic Health Practitioner license from the City of San Diego as well as a certification from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Caitlin was the massage therapist at Goleta Valley Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Goleta, CA for 2 years where she focused on diverse pain rehabilitation, sports injuries, and postural and neuromuscular correction. In 2002, Caitlin co-founded the accredited Santa Barbara Bodyworks massage school in Santa Barbara, CA where she taught swedish massage, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, and deep tissue massage classes. Caitlin’s vast knowledge, experience, and perceptive touch developed into a thriving private practice where she continued to create comprehensive and individualized therapeutic techniques for pain management, injury prevention, and overall relaxation and balance. In 2006, Caitlin relocated to San Diego to continue her practice and attend graduate school at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Tui Na (a blend of Chinese physical therapy and bodywork) where she received her Masters of Science in 2010. Currently, Caitlin specializes in TCM, Women’s health, pain rehabilitation, musculoskeletal imbalance, sports injuries, and pediatric medicine.

In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys outdoor activities and exercise. She has competed in several marathons and triathlons, and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and yoga. But most of all, she loves spending time with her husband and son Weston. Her personal endeavors , education, and personality have crossed over to a unique and intuitive understanding in her treatments and bodywork practice.

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Heidi Fearon, L.Ac
Adam FullerBorn and raised in Boise, Idaho, Heidi left the big potato state in 1992 for Annapolis, Maryland to attend the United States Naval Academy where she held 14 swim records and was both a member of the Patriot League All Decade Team and awarded the 1996 Admiral Lawrence Sword for Most Accomplished Female Athlete. After the Academy, Heidi completed 9 years of active duty in the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in the Supply Corps and now serves as a reservist.

In 2005, Heidi left active service to attend graduate school for acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) emphasizing in postural alignment for improved sport’s performance and injury rehabilitation and prevention. While at PCOM, she also completed her HHP (1000 massage training hours) and started her own massage practice in Coronado, CA. After graduation in 2008, Heidi studied abroad in China, India, and Nepal and became a teaching assistant for her mentor Matt Callison in his Sports Medicine Acupuncture Program. Heidi’s educational and professional experiences have tremendously influenced her treatment approach where she combines orthopedic and sports medicine, visualization therapy, and unique massage and bodywork with acupuncture and TCM to improve the lives of all her patients form the weekend warriors to the professional athletes.

Heidi is also a certified yoga instructor, certified advanced Theta practitioner, and a very active member in the CrossFit Gym and community . She has competed in numerous triathlons and adventure races including Ironman. In 2001, Heidi finished in the top 5 of the Military Eco Challenge and at the Military Games represented the Navy women's winning team in the pentathlon. She was also the runner up for the Navy’s Top Military Athlete in 2002.

Grounded by the love of her life, Koda (a Buddha like Labra doodle), she loves traveling, meditating, and being active. But, her true passion is helping people experience their unlimited potential and release any self-limiting beliefs in their lives.

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Robin Sol, CPT
Certified Personal Trainer
Robin SolOriginally from Boston, Robin moved to San Diego in 2009 for a warm and sunny place to recover from hip surgery resulting from years as a competitive gymnast and dancer. Her overuse injuries and chronic pain issues ultimately motivated her to pursue a career in exercise physiology, injury prevention and rehabilitation. In 2002, Robin received her B.S., magna cum laude, in Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Along with her education, Robin’s personal experiences have guided her in developing a holistic approach in treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Prior to moving to San Diego, Robin spent 4 years as the Assistant Director of her families’ dance studio, The Dance Inn, just north of Boston. In addition, she was a full time dance teacher and the manager for the studio’s youth dance intensive and pre-professional youth companies. As manager, she designed and implemented strength and conditioning programs and coordinated health and fitness workshops, covering topics on injury prevention and rehabilitation, nutrition, and relaxation techniques.

In the past, Robin has worked at Project J.U.M.P. (an after-school fitness program for at-risk youth), UMass Boston’s fitness center, Boston Sports Club, Heartlight, YMCA, and Gold’s Gym. Currently, she holds the ACE Personal Trainer certification with an emphasis in postural alignment, pain management, and performance enhancement. In 2012, Robin became certified in the Symmetry Postural Alignment program where she evaluates and develops individualized corrective exercise programs for her clients.

In her spare time, Robin teaches tap, jazz, and hip hop at All Star Dance in Solana Beach, and goes back to Boston periodically to teach master classes at The Dance Inn. She enjoys natural hot springs, camping, live music, and loves getting into a good dance class whenever she can. One of Robin’s most celebrated hobbies is road-tripping, where continentally she has been to every state but Alaska. Robin is grateful to her parents for instilling an early appreciation for movement, health, and a belief that anything is possible. Robin’s experiences have helped to craft an approach to fitness that is personalized and based on a sincere appreciation for the delicate balance of the human body.

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Tara Parsons, CMT
Massage Therapist, ART® Practitioner
Tara ParsonsBorn and raised in San Diego, Tara has had a passion for health, fitness, and the outdoors from an early age. The enjoyment of being active outside inspired her to pursue an education in massage therapy for treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and overall wellness. In 2007, she graduated from Mueller College with a Western Massage Therapist certificate and started a thriving massage business. Interested in developing her massage skills, Tara went back to Mueller in 2011 to complete the 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program where she excelled in several massage and treatment modalities with a focus on sports massage, injury prevention, and rehabilitative therapy. In addition to her education, Tara has attended numerous training seminars emphasizing neuromuscular therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, Thai massage, and fire cupping. In 2012, she became the only certified full-body Active Release Technique ® massage therapist in San Diego.

An avid outdoors enthusiast Tara has spent considerable time backpacking, climbing, and whitewater rafting. In 2012, she achieved a bucket-list goal completing her first marathon. An avid “Crossfitter” since 2006, Tara competed in the first Crossfit games in 2007. Her training and competition experience created a sense of determination for helping athletes perform their best by devoting her massage practice to injury rehabilitation, prevention, relaxation, and recovery. Her strong understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, along with her intuitive touch, have blended into a unique, therapeutic style.

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Dr. Dana Carson, Psy.D.
Adam FullerDr. Carson is a bilingual, clinical psychologist with professional experience serving individuals, couples, children, and families through therapy and assessments. Dr. Carson has assisted individuals with chronic pain, depression, anxiety, trauma, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, adjustment difficulties, stress reduction needs, life transition concerns, and immigration/ acculturation issues.

Using an integrative approach, Dr. Carson assesses an individual’s situation from several angles, including both internal and external factors affecting their lives. She is dedicated to helping her client achieve their goals, as well as guiding them toward increased emotional satisfaction and wellness. Past clients describe her as approachable, supportive, and professional, noting their approval of the personalized and comprehensive attention she gives to each individual’s needs.

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Devon Vernetti, L.Ac, C.SMA
Accupuncturist, Herbalist
Devon VernettiGrowing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Devon developed an affinity for the outdoors and connecting with nature. Her passion for environmental stewardship led her to obtain her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. She worked as an environmental consultant for several years both in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco before deciding to enter the medical field. In 2006, Devon moved to San Diego to attend Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and became a Licensed Massage Therapist.

Devon continued her studies at the Chengdu University Hospital in the Sichuan Province of China working within in an integrated system of healthcare management. She is a certified acupuncturist with UCSD Reproductive Partners working with couples to improve the success rate of fertility treatments. Devon completed an additional year of training to become a Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist® and most recently became a certified Postural Alignment Therapist with Symmetry for Health . Devon's practice is diverse including pain management, sports injuries, fertility, women's issues, pediatrics, pregnancy, and internal medicine.

In her spare time, Devon likes traveling, reading, biking, hiking and spending time with her husband Tony and two dogs Sawyer and Zoey. She resides in North Park and is an active business member in the community. Believing that all things are truly connected, Devon applies a holistic approach to every treatment with the goal of improving each patient's quality of life physically, mentally and emotionally. To read more about Devon's experience see her yelp reviews.

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Kellen Pickard, L.Ac
Acupuncturist, Herbalist

Kellen PickardKellen is from Reno, Nevada, where she grew up and attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno receiving her B.S. degree in Human Sciences. During college, Kellen became interested in natural medicine and the ability to treat and prevent disease. In 2006, Kellen relocated to San Diego and began schooling at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she earned a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) in 2010. In 2012, Kellen furthered her credentials and became a certified Symmetry postural alignment therapist and a certified kinesiotape practitioner (CKTP).

Kellen utilizes a holistic approach to the health of the human body and believes discovering balance in activity, relaxation, and nutrition fosters optimum health. Thus, prevention-based treatments are an integral part of Kellen’s practice. Kellen's treatment specialties include acupuncture, Chinese herbs, postural alignment, nutrition, and exercise as necessary modalities to promote balance and wellbeing for her patients, as well as for herself.

Kellen's hobbies include a practice in martial arts, which has inspired her to the treat acute trauma and chronic orthopedic injuries using herbal liniments and poultices. Kellen is also very active in the Firefighter’s Relief Fund where she volunteers time and support to the organization. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband Kenny and their dog Piggy.

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Dr. Darryl Bates
Board Certified Sports Medicine and Family Physician

Darryl BatesDr. Bates is a board certified Sports Medicine and Family Physician and UCLA medical school graduate who is practicing sports medicine, non-operative orthopedics and urgent care in the San Diego area. Dr. Bates completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at UC San Diego in 2012 and is registered in musculoskeletal ultrasound to diagnosis and help treat musculoskeletal injuries. Before his Family Medicine Residency, Dr Bates studied acupuncture full time at ACTCM in San Francisco and ran multiple clinics in homeless shelters throughout San Francisco using acupuncture and western medical screening examinations. Dr Bates has always been involved with his community and works closely with Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation in Chula Vista, San Diego. He also instructs Family Medicine residents in non operative orthopedics/sports medicine. Dr. Bates firmly believes in offering a complete understanding of the injury, treatment options, and prognosis to all of his patients. He is grounded in conventional medicine and uses his previous training in integrative medicine to help stimulate the innate healing response of the body. He surfs, runs, dances and trains throughout San Diego. More information can be found at

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Patrick Mummy

Patrick Mummy Patrick R. Mummy is the Founder and President of Symmetry For Health, and the author of the book, Symmetry, Relieve Pain and Optimize Physical Motion. Patrick's degree in Athletic Training, with an emphasis in Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics, combined with his exposure as a Division 1 athlete for the San Diego State Men's baseball program, led to his own personal discovery of the deficits of traditional and alternative therapies in curing chronic pain, including his own. His success in achieving excellence both academically and athletically during his career, culminated in being awarded as San Diego State's Scholar Athlete of the Year, as well as Most Valuable Player in 1993.

After graduating from San Diego State University in May 1994, Patrick was selected to work at The Egoscue Method in Del Mar, CA. This provided him the second key to understanding the causation of pain, which is the importance of posture and compensation as it relates to gravity. In 1997 he founded Symmetry where he soon discovered the missing link to most therapy programs; the lack of an objective, measurable and quantifiable way of sequencing therapeutic exercises to effectively and efficiently rid one of chronic pain and optimize physical performance. This patented system, which includes the unique online software program and the newly developed Postural Assessment Tool, is taught to practitioners from all over North America through the certification seminar series, Symmetry Core and Symmetry Complete. This program is an approved course by the California Acupuncture Board, The American Council on Exercise, and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

Patrick has been interviewed by several news programs, including NBC in San Diego, which was syndicated across the USA. He has also worked with many professional athletes, including the 2000 Superbowl winner Az-Zahir Hakim and Ernie Conwell of the St.Louis Rams and the Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn. He has recently been invited to present at the American Massage and Acupuncture Conference held in San Diego and Canada.

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